Volkswagen Golf MOT Results

Registered in 2009
69.6% pass rate
from 53,435 tests in 2020
(17% better than other 2009 cars)
Pass rate by mileage
Failure rates by item

Here you can drill down into the failure rates for each item on the test. We've also compared the rates to the average results for 2009 cars and highlighted areas where the Volkswagen Golf is unusually good or bad.

  • 11% fail on Suspension (17% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 4.1% fail on Springs
      • 4.1% fail on Coil springs
        • 4.1% fail on Coil spring
        • 0.0056% fail on Mounting (73% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.0019% fail on Leaf springs
        • 0.0019% fail on Spring saddle
      • 0.0019% fail on Spring mounting prescribed areas
    • 3.9% fail on Anti-roll bars (8.1% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 2.2% fail on Linkage ball joint dust cover (91% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.93% fail on Ball joint dust cover (75% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.54% fail on Linkage ball joints (55% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.13% fail on Ball joint (62% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.056% fail on Anti-roll bar (96% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.043% fail on Linkage (80% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.043% fail on Linkage pins and bushes (62% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.017% fail on Pins and bushes (75% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.0056% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.0019% fail on Linkage attachment bracket and mounting
    • 2.3% fail on Shock absorbers (58% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Suspension arms (69% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.64% fail on Pins and bushes (63% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.43% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.12% fail on Ball joint (94% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.054% fail on Suspension arm
      • 0.0075% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.43% fail on Wheel bearings (25% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.10% fail on Other suspension component (62% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.054% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.026% fail on Ball joint (82% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.013% fail on Pins and bushes (80% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.0037% fail on Other suspension component
      • 0.0037% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
    • 0.041% fail on Macpherson strut (76% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.019% fail on Macpherson strut
      • 0.019% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting (69% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.0019% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.0019% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.041% fail on Suspension rods
      • 0.032% fail on Ball joint dust cover
      • 0.0075% fail on Pins and bushes
      • 0.0019% fail on Ball joint
    • 0.022% fail on Component mounting prescribed areas (64% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.013% fail on Sub-frames (93% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.0037% fail on Attachment bracket and mounting
      • 0.0037% fail on Pins and bushes (95% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.0019% fail on Sub-frame
      • 0.0019% fail on Sub-frame mounting prescribed areas
      • 0.0019% fail on Ball joint dust cover
    • 0.0075% fail on Air/gas/fluid suspension
      • 0.0056% fail on Suspension unit
      • 0.0019% fail on Levelling valve
  • 10% fail on Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment (28% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 2.9% fail on Headlamp aim (11% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 2.7% fail on Headlamp aim (8.5% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.15% fail on Headlamp aim not tested (45% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 2.4% fail on Direction indicators (36% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 2.4% fail on Flashing type (36% worse than other 2009 cars)
        • 2.0% fail on Side repeaters (2 times worse than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.48% fail on Individual direction indicators (56% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.017% fail on All direction indicators (80% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.0037% fail on Switch
    • 1.9% fail on Headlamps (42% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 1.8% fail on Headlamp (42% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.084% fail on Headlamp levelling device
      • 0.0037% fail on Matched pair
      • 0.0037% fail on Dipswitch
      • 0.0019% fail on Headlamp cleaning device
    • 1.3% fail on Stop lamp (63% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 1.0% fail on Registration plate lamp(s) (54% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.96% fail on Front and rear fog lamps (70% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.96% fail on Rear fog lamp (70% worse than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.95% fail on Rear fog lamp (70% worse than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.017% fail on Switch
      • 0.0019% fail on Front fog lamps
        • 0.0019% fail on Front fog lamps
    • 0.94% fail on Position lamps (58% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.92% fail on Position lamp (58% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.017% fail on All position lamps (65% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.0019% fail on Switch
    • 0.30% fail on Reversing lamps (130% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.28% fail on Reversing lamps (130% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.011% fail on Reversing lamp switch (2 times worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.24% fail on Electrical equipment (44% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.12% fail on Horn (53% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.086% fail on Battery(ies) (36% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.032% fail on Electrical wiring
      • 0.0037% fail on Trailer electrical socket
    • 0.11% fail on Rear reflectors (65% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.0075% fail on Mandatory tell-tales
      • 0.0075% fail on Rear fog lamp tell-tale
    • 0.0037% fail on Hazard warning (92% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.0037% fail on Switch (92% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.0019% fail on Outline marker lamps
      • 0.0019% fail on Outline marker lamp
  • 6.4% fail on Tyres
    • 3.6% fail on Tread depth (6.6% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 3.1% fail on Condition
    • 0.15% fail on Size/type
  • 6.0% fail on Brakes (24% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 3.1% fail on Mechanical brake components
      • 2.6% fail on Brake linings and pads (8.2% worse than other 2009 cars)
        • 2.6% fail on Brake pads (8.2% worse than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.019% fail on Brake linings
      • 0.71% fail on Brake discs and drums (34% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.71% fail on Brake discs (34% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.0037% fail on Brake drums
      • 0.060% fail on Brake cables, rods, levers and linkages (42% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.030% fail on Cable (60% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.026% fail on Lever
        • 0.0056% fail on Linkage
        • 0.0019% fail on Clevis joint
        • 0.0019% fail on Pivot
    • 2.9% fail on Brake performance (25% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 1.9% fail on Service brake performance (8.9% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 1.9% fail on Rbt (8.3% better than other 2009 cars)
          • 1.7% fail on Service brake performance
          • 0.28% fail on Service brake imbalance (34% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.017% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.017% fail on Service brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.011% fail on Decelerometer
          • 0.011% fail on Service brake performance
      • 0.95% fail on Parking brake efficiency (sp) (39% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.94% fail on Rbt (sp) (37% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.0075% fail on Decelerometer (sp) (90% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.0019% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
      • 0.33% fail on Parking brake performance (52% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.32% fail on Rbt (52% better than other 2009 cars)
          • 0.28% fail on Parking brake performance (52% better than other 2009 cars)
          • 0.034% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance) (52% better than other 2009 cars)
          • 0.0075% fail on Parking brake efficiency (Trikes, quads and pre-68 vehicles)
        • 0.0094% fail on Plate brake tester
          • 0.0056% fail on Parking brake performance
          • 0.0037% fail on Parking (secondary brake performance)
      • 0.18% fail on Service Brake Efficiency (sp) (61% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.17% fail on Rbt (sp) (61% better than other 2009 cars)
          • 0.14% fail on Service brake imbalance (63% better than other 2009 cars)
          • 0.043% fail on Service brake performance (54% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.0056% fail on Plate brake tester (sp)
          • 0.0056% fail on Service brake imbalance
      • 0.075% fail on Brake performance not tested
    • 0.57% fail on ABS / EBS / ESC (20% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.35% fail on Anti-lock braking system
      • 0.31% fail on Electronic stability control (97% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.0019% fail on Electronic braking system
    • 0.10% fail on Brake actuators (including spring brakes or hydraulic cylinders)
      • 0.090% fail on Hydraulic brake callipers
      • 0.011% fail on Hydraulic brake cylinder (71% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.066% fail on Hydraulic systems (47% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.064% fail on Brake fluid
      • 0.0019% fail on Reservoirs
    • 0.056% fail on Service brake pedal or hand lever (82% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.032% fail on Pedal (73% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.026% fail on Hand lever (87% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.056% fail on Flexible brake hoses (50% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.041% fail on Parking brake control (88% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.041% fail on Lever (87% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.022% fail on Rigid brake pipes (97% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.0094% fail on Other components and prescribed areas
      • 0.0056% fail on Other components
      • 0.0037% fail on Additional braking device
    • 0.0019% fail on Air and vacuum systems
      • 0.0019% fail on Servos
  • 3.7% fail on Visibility (32% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 1.7% fail on Washers (38% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 1.6% fail on Wipers (39% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.34% fail on Bonnet (170% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.15% fail on View to rear
      • 0.15% fail on Mirrors
      • 0.0037% fail on Indirect vision devices
    • 0.12% fail on Condition of glass
      • 0.12% fail on Windscreen
      • 0.0019% fail on Window
    • 0.12% fail on Driver's view
  • 3.1% fail on Noise, emissions and leaks (18% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 2.8% fail on Exhaust emissions (20% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 1.5% fail on Compression ignition
        • 0.90% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (94% worse than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.44% fail on On or after 01/07/2008 (50% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.090% fail on Emissions not tested
        • 0.022% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.013% fail on Particulate filter
          • 0.0075% fail on Exhaust gas recirculation valve (4 times worse than other 2009 cars)
          • 0.0019% fail on Other emission control equipment
        • 0.022% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Turbo
        • 0.015% fail on Pre 01/07/2008 Non turbo
        • 0.011% fail on On or after 01/01/2014
      • 1.4% fail on Spark ignition (33% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.89% fail on Malfunction indicator lamp (12% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.50% fail on Catalyst emissions (51% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.11% fail on Emissions not tested (56% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.024% fail on Non catalyst emissions
        • 0.015% fail on Emission control equipment
          • 0.011% fail on Catalytic converter
          • 0.0019% fail on NOx sensor
          • 0.0019% fail on Other emission control equipment
    • 0.17% fail on Noise suppression (4 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.14% fail on Sound deadening material (9 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.026% fail on Undertray
    • 0.10% fail on Fluid leaks (58% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.086% fail on Engine oil leaks (57% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.0075% fail on Transmission oil leaks
      • 0.0075% fail on Other leaks (70% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.0037% fail on Hydraulic fluid leaks
  • 2.9% fail on Body, chassis, structure (27% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 1.2% fail on Transmission (23% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 1.2% fail on Drive shafts (23% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 1.2% fail on Joints (23% better than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.0056% fail on Drive shaft
        • 0.0037% fail on Flexible couplings
        • 0.0019% fail on Bearing housing
      • 0.058% fail on Prop shafts
        • 0.058% fail on Joints
      • 0.0019% fail on Chains
    • 1.0% fail on Exhaust system (39% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.25% fail on Doors
      • 0.16% fail on Other passenger's door (97% worse than other 2009 cars)
        • 0.16% fail on Door condition (100% worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.058% fail on Front passenger's door
        • 0.054% fail on Door condition
        • 0.0037% fail on Catch
      • 0.036% fail on Driver's door
        • 0.030% fail on Door condition
        • 0.0075% fail on Hinge
    • 0.13% fail on Fuel system (39% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.088% fail on Fuel cap/sealing device
      • 0.021% fail on System
      • 0.011% fail on Pipe (64% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.0037% fail on Tank (90% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.0019% fail on Hose
    • 0.11% fail on Bumpers
    • 0.11% fail on Body
      • 0.084% fail on Other body component
      • 0.022% fail on Panel
      • 0.0037% fail on Mounting fixings
      • 0.0019% fail on Body condition
    • 0.082% fail on Undertray (71% worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.017% fail on Integral vehicle structure
      • 0.017% fail on Integral vehicle structure condition
    • 0.017% fail on Seats (82% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.0094% fail on Driver's seat (83% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.0075% fail on Passenger's seat (80% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.015% fail on Boot lid
      • 0.011% fail on Boot lid condition
      • 0.0037% fail on Other boot lid component
    • 0.013% fail on Chassis
      • 0.013% fail on Chassis condition
    • 0.011% fail on Engine mounting (69% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.0056% fail on Engine mounting condition (79% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.0056% fail on Bracket
    • 0.0094% fail on Load security
      • 0.0075% fail on Access panel (4 times worse than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.0019% fail on Tailgate
        • 0.0019% fail on Tailgate condition
    • 0.0019% fail on Towbar
      • 0.0019% fail on Other towbar components
  • 0.72% fail on Seat belts and supplementary restraint systems (15% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.45% fail on SRS malfunction indicator lamp
    • 0.25% fail on Seat belts (31% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.19% fail on Condition (35% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.049% fail on Prescribed areas
      • 0.0075% fail on Attachment
      • 0.0075% fail on Requirements
      • 0.0019% fail on Load limiters
    • 0.019% fail on Airbags
      • 0.019% fail on Drivers airbag
  • 0.41% fail on Identification of the vehicle
    • 0.41% fail on Registration plates
  • 0.41% fail on Road Wheels
    • 0.32% fail on Attachment
    • 0.086% fail on Condition (38% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.0019% fail on Hubs
  • 0.26% fail on Steering (86% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.12% fail on Steering linkage components (92% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.086% fail on Track rod end (94% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.022% fail on Ball joint (70% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.0075% fail on Locking devices
      • 0.0037% fail on Drag link end (86% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.0019% fail on Steering arm
    • 0.084% fail on Electronic power steering (2 times worse than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.049% fail on Steering gear (77% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.045% fail on Steering rack (77% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.0037% fail on Operation
    • 0.0056% fail on Power steering (93% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.0019% fail on Operation
      • 0.0019% fail on Pipes and hoses
      • 0.0019% fail on Other components
    • 0.0056% fail on Steering play (88% better than other 2009 cars)
      • 0.0056% fail on Steering rack (88% better than other 2009 cars)
    • 0.0037% fail on Steering wheel
  • 0.0075% fail on Seat belt installation check
    • 0.0056% fail on Belt(s)/padding
    • 0.0019% fail on Anchorages
  • 0.0037% fail on Buses and coaches supplementary tests
    • 0.0037% fail on Doors
      • 0.0019% fail on Emergency exits
      • 0.0019% fail on Passenger entrance/exit doors

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